Trump isn’t cool. He’s not detached. No one will ever accuse him of being too shy. He loves to talk about himself and he enjoys telling people what he wants to do. Yeah, he laid the “oi vey” gestures on a little thick in the beginning; he has certain ideas about establishing rapport, especially with a hostile crowd. Sometimes they work. Sometimes nothing works.
I’ve read reviews of this speech which claim he was booed and poorly received. I watched it because I wanted to know how accurate those reviews were. But all I heard was one heckler (Trump told him off) and a number of room-temperature applause points for ideas that should have set these people on fire. I would say he was “cooly received” and with this insular group that’s the best he could have hoped for.
But Trump soldiered on. He talked straight to this group and he enumerated his successes and his plans should he be elected. He said very plainly that there is “something wrong” with Obama – a sentiment many Americans share.
The ending was quiet – no boos and no bravos. His listeners should be ashamed: they failed to welcome with genuine approval the candidate most committed to Israel’s survival. They proved again that being smart isn’t necessarily a point in your favor when it comes to survival.
One thing to ask yourself: did you learn anything from that speech? I did. I understand better – in specific terms – why American companies are leaving the country and costing us trillions in tax receipts and jobs. I knew it vaguely before but I grasp it much more fully now.
NOTICE: There was no written speech. He had a few notes scratched on paper and stuffed into an envelope. There was a glaring absence of teleprompters. He doesn’t need those crutches because he knows what he wants to say.
What a huge difference between him and that Marie Antoinette in the Oval Office, playing his fiddle while the country burns.